Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Friday signed the file appointing Higher Education Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha as the Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, according to reliable sources.
The file has been forwarded to the Chief Ministers Office from the Raj Bhavan.
The sources say that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is likely to make the appointment of Mr Rajanarasimha as his Deputy public by Friday evening.
Mr Rajanarasimha is likely to take charge as the Deputy Chief Minister within a couple of days.
The Higher Education Minister already handles the charge of the Agriculture portfolio after the resignation of the former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy after his term as Member of the Legislative Council came to an end.
He hails from the Scheduled Caste community (Madiga) from Telangana region.
The Congress High Command had in the recent past effected some major changes in the state party machinery, naming Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana as the new PCC chief and elevating Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar to the Speaker’s post.
Former Government Whip Bhatti Vikramarka has been chosen as Mr Manohar’s Deputy.
The major changes are attributed to the drubbing received by the party in the by-elections to the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly segments.
Besides the elevation of Mr Rajanarasimha, a major Cabinet reshuffle is likely within the next 10 days, party sources say.
Mr Damodar Rajanarasimha was elected to Assembly from Andole Constituency, Medak district for the third time in succession in the 2009 General Elections.
He has earlier served as Minister for Marketing during Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s rule in 2004-2009 and continued in the same post in Mr Rosaiah’s Cabinet.
Mr Rajanarasimha was named the Higher Education Minister by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the minor Cabinet reshuffle earlier in the year.
He is an engineering graduate from Osmania University and had even taken the final interviews of the Civil Services. However, he was not selected due to some technical reasons.
Mr Rajanarasimha is married to Ms C Padmini and has a daughter.(INN)